Post-Pandemic Stressors Send Kids Down Dangerous Path of Drugs and Delinquency

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

The problems we faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic have eased up, but long-term impacts continue to plague us. Now that the dust has settled, we're starting to really understand how devastatingly stressful the pandemic was on children. They faced shutdowns, fell behind in school, lost parents and loved ones, and untold other issues. Now that school's back in session and life has somewhat returned to normal, we might think kids should quickly readjust.

This thinking is flawed, and as noted by a recent AOL article, kids are anything but okay. When kids are troubled, they often end up causing trouble. The article provides alarming statistics, noting that as the COVID-19 Pandemic hit one of its most dangerous peaks in 2021, nearly half of the young people in the U.S. had a substance use or mental health disorder, a federal survey found.”

Why is Your Kid Getting in Trouble?

Being a kid was stressful before the pandemic. It can be too easy for parents to initially shrug off their child's misbehavior as “kids being kids,” but if not addressed, this bad behavior can take a dark turn and become criminal delinquency. Mental health disorders can manifest in ways other than sadness. Often, kids act up and engage in criminal behavior, including:

It's important your child receives help and seeks a remedy that addresses their emotional needs. Simultaneously, it's also important the parent or guardian safeguards the child's legal rights. This is best done by retaining a Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney.

The Impact of a Juvenile Criminal Offense

Bad behavior can land your kid with a criminal record. There's a misconception that a juvenile offense isn't as serious as getting convicted as an adult. While there are some ways in which juvenile offenses are a little easier to navigate, they will still have a serious, detrimental, and long-term impact on your child's ability to move forward in life.

Fortunately, juvenile crimes are more easily expunged, but too many kids fail to get the legal and emotional help they need in time. They lose out on crucial opportunities like college applications, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Retain a PA Juvenile Defense Attorney

If you're the parent or guardian of a child who's exhibiting bad behavior, you're right to be worried. PA Juvenile Defense Attorney Joseph D. Lento understands this is a difficult time for your family, and he can help you navigate the process of getting your kid back on track. Their entire future is in front of them, and they deserve every chance possible. To learn how Attorney Lento and the dedicated Criminal Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm can help you, call 888-535-3686 today or contact our firm online.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact Us Today!

Attorney Joseph D. Lento has more than a decade of experience successfully resolving clients' criminal charges in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania counties. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you or a loved one, contact the Lento Law Firm today! Criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento will go above and beyond the needs of any client, and will fight until the final bell rings.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.